340th Bomb Group

Group

Object Number - UPL 48614 - Emblem of the 340th BG - 12th Air Force

Activated on 20 August 1942. The 340th Bombardment Group trained with B-25's for duty overseas. They arrived in the Mediterranean theater in March 1943. Assigned first to the Ninth Air Force and later (in August 1943) to the Twelfth. Served in combat from April 1943 to April 1945. Engaged chiefly in support and introductory missions, but sometimes bombed strategic objectives. Targets included airfields, railroads, bridges, road junctions, supply depots, gun emplacements, troop concentrations, marshaling yards and factories in Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Albania, Yugoslavia, and Greece. Also dropped propaganda leaflets behind enemy lines.
Participated in the reduction of Pantelleria and Lampedusa in June 1943, the bombing of German Evacuation beaches near Messina in July, the establishment of the Salerno beach head in September, the drive for Rome during Jan.- Jun. 1944, the invasion of southern France in Aug. and attacks on the Brenner Pass and other German lines of communication in Northern Italy from Sept. 1944 to Apr. 1945. Received a DUC for the period Apr. - Aug. 1943 when, although handicapped by difficult living conditions and unfavorable weather, the group supported British Eighth Army in Tunisia and Allied forces in Sicily.
Received a second DUC for the destruction of a cruiser in the heavily defended harbor of La Spezia on 23 Sept. 1944 before the ship could be used by the enemy to block the harbors entrance. Returned to the U.S., Jul. - Aug. 1945. Inactivated on 19 Aug. 1949.

Commanding Officers

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group Headquarters (340th Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-17952
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Group Commander/Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group Headquarters (340th Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-22609
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Group Commander/Pilot (05/1943 - 12/1943), TBF (RAF) Air Liaison Officer 12/1943 - 01/1944, 57th Bomb Wing, Operations Officer 01/1944 - 05/1944
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group Headquarters (340th Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-19832
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Group Commander/Pilot

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

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El Kabrit

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Sfax 1943-06-02

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Hergla 1943-06-02 - 1943-08-02

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Comiso Airfield 1943-08-02 - 1943-08-27

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Catania 1943-08-27 - 1943-10-15

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San Pancrazio 1943-10-15 - 1943-11-19

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Foggia 1943-11-19 - 1944-01-02

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Pompeii Airfield 1944-01-02 - 1944-03-23

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Paestrum 1944-03-23 - 1944-04-14

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Alesan Airfield 1944-04-14 - 1945-04-02

Other

Assigned 9th Air Force

Other

Assigned 12th Air Force

Encompassing

  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force Twelfth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 487th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 489th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13009901
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aerial Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 489th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12047214
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aircraft Mechanic
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 489th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: T-186309
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 489th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-742553
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Nicknames: Mimi
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 487th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 488th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 488th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 488th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-25 Mitchell
  • Unit: 340th Bomb Group 488th Bomb Squadron

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